Mangaka: Asihara, Hinako
Volumes: 9 (Ongoing)
Scanlations: V.02 Ch.04 (Ongoing)
Scanlator: Forbidden Garden
Age Group: Teen
Summary: One day, Mizuho, a university student, receive news that her classmate in high school, Origuchi Haruka, passed away. Mizuho doesn’t remember being best friends with Origuchi, but apparently, Origuchi told her mother that Mizuho was her best friend. And now, her mother wants Mizuho to help her find the boy Origuchi dated during high school. Mizuho told Origuchi’s mother that Origuchi was a very plain girl, and she was never seen with a guy, but her mother told Mizuho that Origuchi got pregnant and had an abortion when she was in high school. Mizuho was shocked, but she still starts asking her other classmates in high school and following the traces Origuchi left behind.
Graphics Rating: 4/5
Plot Rating: 4/5
Opinion: Art is great. I really really love the characters though. I’ve read a lot of manga and I guess I’ve gotten used to certain characters drawn a certain way (Aka the heroine, the best friend, the antagonist) but everyone has this unique look. The heroine having short dark hair? What? I dunno… it caught me off guard and I found it intriguing.
It’s SO INTERESTING. God, I haven’t been this hooked on a mystery since “Arisa“. It’s really intense and the pacing is phenomenal. The chapters are really long but are like mini stories within the larger picture. It sounds confusing but it works. Each character is interesting and you really get to know everyone. Usually I skip chapters that focus on side characters but each character adds to the plot line. Everyone is connected in these strange ways.
As you can see I’m smitten with this series, so why the 4/5 for plot? So far it’s 9 volumes long and it’s STILL GOING! Although I love it and it’s been interesting and hasn’t given me a reason to doubt… how could they keep it going for that long? I dunno… but I’ll see you guys at the end.
Final Rating: 4/5
Tags: Abortion, Change, Cold Character, Cold Heroine, death, growing up, high school, loss, mistaken identity, mystery, Nostalgia, past, Playboy, Player, Sudden Death, Unemotional, University, Unrequited Love